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This is the web page for information about the Graduate Neuroanatomy course, a required course for neuroscience graduate students. The Graduate Neuroanatomy course provides a broad overview of the structure and function of the central nervous system. The general architecture of the nervous system and its functional systems are presented in a series of online exercises. The exercises allow the students to examine brain anatomy at a detailed view of the regional anatomy of the brain and spinal cord. MRIs of brain anatomy, as commonly presented in the scientific literature, will be presented using a computerized learning system. N.B.: Because teaching materials are computerized, no lab space or wet brain specimens will be required for this course. The target audience for this course is first-year Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience Program. It is essential that Neuroscience students have a comprehensive knowledge of neuroanatomy to succeed in Systems Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. Because these courses are offered in the Spring, Graduate Neuroanatomy will be taken in the Fall of the first year.

Course Objectives: 1) To introduce students to the main components of the central nervous system 2) To introduce students to the lobar, sulcal, and gyral architecture of the cerebral cortex 3) To introduce students to the functional subdivisions of the cortex and subcortical structures. 4) To study the anatomical organization of structures important for learning and memory, sensation, perception and motor control.

Course Outline: Week 1: The anatomy of the human cerebrum Week 2: External Anatomy of the Brain Week 3: Internal Organization of the Brain Week 4: Ventricles. Blood Vessels and External Surfaces of the Brain Stem Week 5: Spinal Cord: External and Internal Anatomy and Intro to Somatosensory Pathways Week 6: Somatosensory, Viscerosensory and Spinocerebellar Pathways Week 7: Auditory, Vestibular, Gustatory & Olfactory Systems Week 8: No Lab (Thanksgiving) Week 9: Visual System and Control System for Eye Movements Week 10: No Lab (Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting) Week 11: Higher Motor Function Week 12: Descending Pathways to the Spinal Cord Week 13: Cranial Nerve Nuclei and Brain Stem Circulation Week 14: Limbic System and Hypothalamus

Practical Issues

All students are required to attend the first meeting of the course. The online lab manual can be downloaded from

The course is a self-study course. Students will access on-line learning modules for each lab at the following web site: Go to

Login with your UT username and password. Click on "Begin Practice". Click on "Instructions" to read the instructions. You will only be using the "Practice" part of the website, NOT the "Credit" part.